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Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Since its creation, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and its predecessors have considered, reported, and overseen some of the most important legislation ever enacted by the United States Congress.

This far-reaching legislative activity can be described in the following major areas: energy resources and development, including regulation, conservation, strategic petroleum reserves and appliance standards; nuclear energy; Indian affairs; public lands and their renewable resources; surface mining, Federal coal, oil, and gas, other mineral leasing; territories and insular possessions; and water resources.

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Murkowski: Smart Building Technologies Promote Energy Efficiency and Resiliency in American Homes and Businesses

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to discuss new efficiency opportunities provided by advanced building management and control systems. The committee heard from representatives of the Department of Energy (DOE), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Southern Company, and Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions.
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Murkowski: Emerging Technologies Key to Protecting U.S. Energy Infrastructure from Cyber Intrusions

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to discuss the innovation of emerging cyber technologies that can be used to protect our nation’s electric grids and other critical energy infrastructure from future cyberattacks. The committee heard from representatives of the Pacific Northwest, Oak Ridge and Idaho National Laboratories, Qubitekk, and New Context Services.
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Energy and Natural Resources Committee Developing Western Water and Drought Legislation

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power Chairman Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., last week held a bipartisan roundtable to discuss opportunities to reduce federal red tape for aquifer recharge when it does not impact other water users, fully respects state primacy on groundwater, and complies with state water law.
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Department of Energy Awards Grants to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) applauded the Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement that the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will receive grants to develop new cybersecurity technologies and tools and strengthen grid resilience.
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Department of Energy awards $1.9 Million Grant to The City of Seattle Department of...

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) applauded the Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement that the City of Seattle Department of Transportation will receive a $1.9 million grant to accelerate the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in Seattle.
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Committee Reviews Key Interior and Energy Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider six of President Trump’s nominees for key positions at the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI).
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Committee Reviews U.S. Energy and Resource Security

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing held by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to examine the status of U.S. and North American energy and resource security. The hearing examined everything from the significant benefits that have resulted from the elimination of the domestic ban on crude oil exports in December 2015 to the need to maintain U.S. nuclear leadership and improve our waning mineral security.
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Recent Cyber Attacks Show We Need A Strategy To Protect Our Energy Infrastructure Now...

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) released the following statement after yesterday’s major ransomware attack in at least 65 countries.
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Hirono, Cantwell Lead Call to Fire “Bigoted, Misogynistic” Department of Energy Appointee

Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called on Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to fire William Bradford, who was recently appointed to lead the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy. After his appointment, the Washington Post exposed his record of making bigoted and misogynistic statements, including calling the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II “necessary.”
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Cantwell, Colleagues To Trump: Act On Russian Cyber Intrusions To U.S. Energy Infrastructure

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Senate Colleagues sent a letter to President Trump urging the Department of Energy to conduct an analysis of Russian capabilities with respect to cyber attacks on U.S. energy infrastructure.
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Cantwell Statement On Russian Ability To Attack U.S. Energy Grid

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) responded to reports that the Russians have expanded their capabilities with respect to cyber-attacks against our electric grid
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Panel Reviews Cost Reductions in Emerging Energy Technologies

In what was easily the most anticipated hearing on Capitol Hill this morning, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, held an oversight hearing to consider cost trends in emerging energy technologies. Committee members heard from a variety of witnesses who detailed cost reductions in everything from oil and natural gas to renewables, energy storage, and alternative fuel vehicles

Committee Advances Nominees for Interior, Energy, and FERC

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a business meeting to advance four nominees to the Senate floor: David Bernhardt to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of Energy, and Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
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Cantwell, Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Call For Continued Funding of Land and Water Conservation...

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and a bipartisan coalition of 48 senators sent a letter urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and, specifically, the Forest Legacy Program, one of the nation’s most important federal conservation programs, as they begin considerations for the upcoming fiscal year.
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Cantwell, Colleagues To Perry: Renewable Energy Strengthens Grid Reliability, Improves Resiliency

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Committee Democrats Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Martin Heinrich (D.-N.M.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to Energy Secretary, Rick Perry expressed concern about a Department of Energy study examining electricity markets and reliability.